From many accounts, Americans have renewed a tradition — holiday shopping.

Whether it was for gifts or to shop for themselves, consumers got off their couches and scurried to the stores over Thanksgiving weekend, in some cases even putting their smartphones down momentarily to purchase coats, beauty products, cookware, 4K TVs and Alexa and Echo voice-controlled digital assistants. Beauty companies including Estée Lauder, Sephora and Ulta joined the promotional frenzy like never before, creating an added inducement to spend.

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